The King's Royal Sceptre with the Cross, which is placed in his right hand at the Coronation, is of gold. From the ornamental groundwork near the top spring six enamelled curves. The four larger ones clasp the great drop-shaped Star of Africa diamond.
The great amethyst orb at the top of the sceptre has round the centre a jewelled band with an arch of gold, rubies, and diamonds. The cross patée at the top is thickly set with diamonds, a large emerald being in the centre. The entire length of the sceptre is about three feet. Collars of gems and enamels enclose a smooth portion as a grip, and the end is encrusted with rich sprays of gold and enamels thickly jewelled.